School Board Criticizes First Lady for Lunch Regulations: ‘It’s a Broken System’

By Monica Sanchez | October 6, 2014 | 4:45pm EDT

More public schools are voicing their distaste for the new federal restrictions on kids' lunches and snacks set forth by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

The new regulations, championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, were intended to improve "the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of children." The standards have been criticized, however, for failing to take into account how diets differ from student to student:

"Recommended calorie intakes differ from child to child based upon their weight, height and level of physical activity," argued the Tonawanda News. Lunch entrees are not to exceed 350 calories and snacks, just 200 calories.

New York's North Tonawanda Board of Education is one public school of many that has expressed its concern. At a board meeting last Wednesday, members discussed how certain students such as athletes require more calories than others and may be going hungry because of the program's strict standards, according to Tonawanda News.

Colleen Osborn, the Board of Education president, said at the meeting that the program promotes "a broken system," and that "Michelle Obama put these things into play, but her children go to private school and they don't have to follow these standards."

Indeed, as MRCTV previously reported, the First Daughters feast on the "Best School Lunch in America," enjoying dishes, such as crusted Tilapia, designed by chefs.

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